Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington says he’s “extremely optmistic” that officers will be making an arrest soon in the January shooting death of a 20-year-old Evanston man.

Benjamin Bradford-Mandujano was shot to death in the 1300 block of Darow Avenue shortly after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, becoming the first homicide victim of the year in Evanston.

Eddington said that with the combined effort of Evanston detectives and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force he’s confident the case will be solved.

Regarding 19-year-old Star Paramore, who was shot to death in the basement storage area of his apartment building at 1223 Harvard Terrace last Friday, Eddington said NORTAF and Evanston detectives “are working some significant leads.”

Both of the homicides in Evanston so far this year “fall outside the ongoing conflicts that the city has experienced over the past several years,” Eddington said.

“These appear to involve associates who were known to each other” as the victim and perpetrator in each instance, the chief said.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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